2019 Dong Pian SiJiChun Oolong from Mingjian
Cultivar: Si Ji Chun Oolong
Harvested by machine: January 8th, 2019
Origin: Mingjian, Nantou (central Taiwan)
Process: Light oxidation, well dried with light roast.
A 'Dong Pian' (winter petal) harvest happens when the weather suddenly warms up for several days during winter. The tea bushes are tricked into believing that spring is coming and start producing new leaves (and lots of buds). The days are very short (because it's winter) and the nights are still very cold, though. This produces conditions that are similar to high altitude, but this Mingjian plantation is only 300-400 meters high. This makes Dong Pian particularly interesting: the fragrances are particularly fresh and flowery. It's the best time of the year to make SiJiChun Oolong. The taste is lighter and sweeter than during any other season. It's a fantastic every day fresh Oolong!
The dry leaves are of varying size and most have white spots indicating buds, which is typical for winter harvests. The brew has a nice golden color. The leaves are yellow-green with red marks on the edges. The oxidation level of this batch is rather high.
The typical SiJiChun flowery scents are intensified by the oxidation and light roast. It smells almost fruity! Well done!
The oxidation and light roast have added a sweeter note compared to previous years. This works very well for me. The other advantage is that this tea will be more stable after the package is opened.
Conclusion: This is an excellent choice for an everyday Oolong!